Monday, October 10, 2005
ROGER SNODGRASS, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monitor Assistant Editor
Responding to technical information from a Los Alamos geologist, a federal auditor found that drilling techniques for deep-test wells at Los Alamos National Laboratory might have distorted some of the results of a water monitoring project.
An inspection report released on Friday by the Inspector General of the Department of Energy concluded that LANL's methods may have been allowable under the guidelines, but did not meet the requirements of the applicable environmental law.
Additives used in the drilling procedure may have masked the presence of radioactive contaminants and "compromised the reliability of the groundwater contamination data," according to the report.